Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:10-11
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,
11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
[I was in the Spirit] The Spirit of Prophecy; under the influence of the Holy Spirit; in a trance; shutting the outer world and everyone else out; in a state of ecstasy; the inner spirit of man being under total possession of the Holy Spirit, establishing an immediate connection with the invisible world.
[Lord’s Day] The first day of the week; the Christian Sabbath; Sunday; the day of the week that Jesus rose from the dead. A distinction was made between the Sabbath Day and the Lord’s Day.
[I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet] Loud, clear, bright and distinct like a trumpet; the clarion call; the trumpet was used for calling assemblies together, for going to battle, summoning to religious feasts, etc.
[I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last] Please see my notes at Pt. 39: Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:8
[What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia] John was told to record on paper the visions God showed him. Journaling what the Lord shows you and speaks to you is very important. If you do not write things down, you may forget important details.
Habakkuk 2:2-3 says:
2 Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, It will not delay.”
The seven churches are: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. These seven churches were in geographical existence in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) during that time. To see a map of the seven churches, please go to: Pt. 24: Seven Churches – Maps of the Seven Churches…
These seven churches represent churches and groups of Christians today. The messages given to each church applies to churches and groups of Christians. Seven is the number of totality and perfection.